Friday, April 20, 2007

What the Hell is Wrong With Being Yourself?

Acting how you want to be…what the world needs is “in-di-vid-u-al-i-ty”.

Yet here we are… the product of a cult built on tearing down and destroying the individual and creating millions of cookie cutter copies of conformity in every ward, stake, district and branch.

Anyone who dares to stick their head up and celebrate their individuality is quickly and summarily whacked back into place…by the Morg’s "Wack-A-Mole" hammer of conformity Gestopo's played willingly by church member’s who impose their scrutiny, judgments and opinions on anyone who choses to be different.

Church leaders are continuously instructing its membership how to be the same. Wearing the same white shirts for men has become a symbol for Mormon men’s cult status. Women are told how many earrings they can wear and the type of clothing they can wear. Mormon youth are instructed in conformity at a very young age. Told what to wear and how to wear it. Conformity and so-called clothing “Standard” are promoted. The Mormon church has even extended it's influence into the school systems of Utah ,imposeing it's dress standards on everyone within the school boundaries. And heaven forbid anyone should express their individuality by sporting a tattoo or wearing a beard or mustache.

Last month I saw a wonderful show in London called “Billy Elliott” one of the show stoppers was a song called “Expressing Yourself” …I have tweaked some of the words for our unique situation…but the message is powerful…What’s the Hell Wrong with Expressing yourself… Enjoy…

Expressing Yourself
What the hells wrong with expressing yourself?
Being who you want to be?
Will anybody die if you have a tattoo?
Who the hell cares if your dress shirt is blue?
Start a new fashion, buck all the trends.
Emphasize in-teg-rit-eeeee.
Cos what the hell is wrong with expressing yourself
For wanting to be me?
What the hells wrong with being yourself …
for wanting to breath free
Who the hell is it you try to impress
All you have to do is learn to care less
Start a new fashion, buck all the trends
Screw, Con-form-i-ty
Cus what the hell is wrong with expressing yourself?
For trying to be me.
If you wanna wear two earrings, fine
Want ideas for tattoos? Look at mine.
If you want to dress like somebody else,Fine! Fine! Fine!
It's not a big statement, it's not a weird act
Just a good idea at the time
We'll not complain about your boring Morg life
If you'll just leave me alone for mine.
If you wanna wear a white shirt, fine
Just don't tell me what to do with mine
Don’t impose your standards on everyone else
I’ll be who I want … You can FUCK Yourself
Everyone is different It's the natural state
It's the facts, it's plain to see,
The world's grey enough … without being the same
What - we - need - is


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Anonymous said...

The nail that sticks out gets hammered down. This is a common statment of conformist societies.
Demon of Kolob

Elder Joseph said...

Hi ,

Just been redaing your exit out of mormonism ....

I've just done 18 months investigation and can relate to most of what you say .

I think , the mormoncurtain , mormonthruth blogspot , ,ex mormon conference, etc were all great learning tools for me .

Without the internet I may have been another Mormon victim of deception .

How sad of this church to lie about its origins and yet have an article of faith about believing in honesty !


grant Palmers

Elder Joseph said...

I was about to say ,

Grant Palmers book , "An Insiders View of Mormon Origins ", confirmed everything I suspected about the church .

Wendy said...

there's nothing wrong with being yourself...unless you're a sociopath...
Let's face it though, if everyone in the church was themself then they wouldn't be able to cope with the lies, hypocrisy and mind-numbing repetitiveness of it all. church is about sucking the individuality out of people after all individuals won't pay their tithing like good little sheep, they'd be too busy spending their money backpacking through nepal or taking the orient express through europe etc. Besides, individuals won't fit in in a world of eternal pregnancy and absolute obedience.

polarpaul said...

I think part of human nature is the need to belong. Uncertainty can lead to anxiety. I think having a strong social culture in addition to their doctrine is what many people find attractive about the LDS church. In the U.S., most neighbors don't know each other anymore. The level of fear has been ratcheted up. Who can you trust?

So when a church can offer solutions for all aspects of your life, many people find this very comforting and welcome it.

This need for uncertainty reduction is why all of the McDonald's and Walmarts are setup the same way. People know what to expect. I think calling the LDS church a cult misses the mark, I think it has much more in common with a franchise. There is certainly a strong respect for business within LDS culture and it is reflected in the composition of the church's leadership.